Johnson’s Gard. Dict. 1052 (1894) APNI
Variable heath-like shrub to 1.5 m tall; stems dense and intricate or erect, usually glabrous, smaller ones often spinescent. Leaves linear to linear-oblong, lanceolate, ovate or obovate, mostly 1.5–7 mm long, to c. 3 mm wide, green on both surfaces or brownish below, crowded to distant, flat or slightly concave, usually glabrous except for a few marginal cilia, subsessile, apex obtuse to subacute. Flowers c. 6 mm long, solitary or rarely paired; pedicels 1–2 mm long, glabrous; bracteoles 1–4 mm long, persistent. Calyx 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy, teeth equal to or longer than tube; standard broader than long, yellow, often streaked purple or red; wings yellow; keel purple. Pod 4–5 mm long; seeds usually 2, c. 2.5 mm long, brown-black.
Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim.
2 varieties (previously treated as species).
The two varieties are sometimes found growing together or in near proximity, and intermediates, possibly the result of hybridization, have been collected at several localities. These plants often have the longer, broader, more distant leaves of var. diffusa but the strongly red- or purple-streaked flowers of var. microphylla.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|